In 1963, Seattle Transit received an order of 100 buses, and was finally able to provide bus service to the parts of the city north of 85th st. Dozens of what are now Metro routes serving the north end were born that year. Since these were diesel coaches and not the electric trolley coaches of the older routes, they cost much more to operate and 1963 was the last year that Seattle Transit made a profit.
1963 is also the year the Evergreen Point floating bridge opened.
- Sound Transit broke ground on a new “freeway station” in I-5 in Mountlake Terrace. Buses couldn’t really serve Mountlake Terrace Park-and-Ride because they would need to merge across several lanes of traffic, and the freeway stop lets buses pick up riders without ever merging a single lane. Cool stuff. Both Community Transit buses and Sound Transit buses will sue use the station.
- The PSRC wants public input on the list of “contingency” transportation projects (pdf link). Funding for these projects would become available if other Puget Sound area projects don’t start within the necessary time frame, come in under budget, or if money from other regions wind’s up in our area because those regions don’t have enough “shovel ready” projects. You can comment by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Cascade Bicycle club has released its bicycle report card for Seattle since May is Bike to Work Month. The grades are better than I would have thought: it’s a lot of B’s and C’s.
- To those disappointed by the amount of transit-oriented-development in the Rainier Valley (I think there’s actually been a fair amount, but it’s all been public-private partnerships), remember that Brooklyn and the Bronx got all that dense development after the subway opened, not in anticipation of its opening. The line doesn’t open for another 63 days. I do agree with Dan Bertolet’s description of what’s needed to make TOD happen. I think it’s ultimately going to matter whether the city puts in place the zoning that makes responsible TOD possible – four stories isn’t enough potential to make good projects pencil out. And an up-zone is needed not just in the immediate station area, but in an walkable circle around the stations.
- William Hudnut of the Urban Land Institute says the US needs a “Marshall Plan” for infrastucture. I 100% agree.